From the Director’s Desk: aka- her NEW little cupboard in the smaller closet- Paulette Young, RECE
September flew by and we are off to a great start! There are spaces in Toddler, Junior Preschool and 3 Day Senior Preschool so spread the word!
Just a few friendly reminders from the Director:
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*Kindly notify the Director should your child be absent from school.
*Should your child be staying in After Care after 12:00 pm, kindly provide a nut-free snack for them.
*Check your child’s folder in the Communication Box located in the hallway on a daily basis. Take home all art work and papers.
Fall Clean Up takes place on Saturday, October 24th starting at 10:00 am. Bring your rakes! Many thanks to all the parents and families that helped clean up the play yard on September 13th for the new school year!
CommFest at the Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre on Saturday, September 12th was a blast! RPNS staff and parent volunteers were there face painting children of all ages.
Ottawa Food Bank Fall Food Drive
Kindly bring in non-perishable food items to the nursery school before October 9th. Boxes will be in the hallway for your generous donations.
A reminder that the nursery school will be closed on Monday, October 12th for Thanksgiving Day.
We will be celebrating this fun time of year with parties on Thursday, October, 29th and Friday, October, 30th. Family members are welcome to attend a morning of games, fun sensory activities and yummy snacks! Wear a costume or hat. See the food sign up poster in the hallway.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR APPRECIATION DAY!
Give our teachers on “big hug” on Wednesday, Oct.28 to let them know how much they are appreciated!
FALL FUNDRAISER AT RPNS
*Date Night – current and alumni RPNS families & friends are encouraged to have a ‘date night’ on Friday, Nov.13 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Children will enjoy a supervised dinner and evening of fun activities while their parents go out on a real date (when was the last time you had that opportunity?!). Cost is $30 per child ($15 per sibling) with all proceeds going towards our Building Fund. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org with Paulette Young, the Director and see the Date Night sign up display in the hallway.
*** Coming soon! Want to win a free Date Night?
We are currently organizing a FaceBook "like” contest. More info to follow.
Scholastic Canada Book Orders: October catalogue order forms and payments (cheques written out to Scholastic Canada) are due Oct. 16. See the “More” tab on our homepage for guidelines on how to pay for your Scholastic books online.
***NEW**** RPNS New Building Fundraising Committee!
We are looking for a group of dynamic parents with creative ideas to plan and implement a major fundraiser scheduled for May 2016. If you would like to help out in any way, please join us for a brainstorming session on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 pm at the nursery school.
Let Paulette know if you can help!
A few words from Tina
Welcome to October!
The children have all settled in nicely to the program.
During the month of October we will be concentrating on Fall and Halloween. At circle time, the group will play “Pumpkin Patch” as a way to continue with turn-taking activities. We are excited to start cooperating and working with others!! Socialization and effective communication with adults and peers are my main focus right now. Emergent curriculum has us watching the children closely and we are slowly phasing in new activities.
Here are our Halloween songs:
5 Little Pumpkins
5 little pumpkins; sitting on a gate. (Hold up 5 fingers)
The first one says “Oh my! It’s getting late”.
The second one says “There are witches in the air!”
The third one says “Well we don’t care!”
The fourth one says ”Let’s have some fun!”
The fifth one says “let’s run and run and run!
“Woooooooohhhh” went the wind and (loud clap) out went the light.
And 5 little pumpkins, roll out of sight (roll hands)
(Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
The owl goes hoo, (cup hands to mouth) The owl goes hoo,
Hi ho on Halloween, the owl goes hoo.
Other verses: The ghost goes boo (wave hands out in front)
The bats go eek (flap arms)
The pumpkin rolls around (roll hands)
The scarecrow waves good-bye (wave)
September is already gone! The children are well settled into the routine and are starting to learn some French words. Here are some songs that we will be singing.
Rolly, polly, rolly, polly
Rolly, polly, rolly, polly
Haut, haut, haut, Haut, haut, haut,
Rolly, rolly, polly, rolly rolly, polly
En bas, bas, bas En bas, bas, bas
- Ouvre, ouvre, ouvre
- Ferme, ferme, ferme
- Vit, vit, vit
- Lente, lente, lente
Vieille sorcière (air: Frère Jacques)
Vieille sorcière (bis)
Que fais tu? (bis)
Je mange une citrouille (bis)
Crique, craque, croque (bis)
La sorcière (air: London Bridge)
La sorcière fait
Hi ! Hi ! Hi ! (3 fois)
La sorcière fait Hi ! Hi ! Hi ! Le soir d’Halloween.
Le squelette fait
Clac ! Clac ! Clac ! (3 fois)
Le squelette fait Clac ! Clac ! Clac ! Le soir d’Halloween.
Le fantôme fait
Hou ! Hou ! Hou ! (3 fois)
Le fantôme fait Hou ! Hou ! Hou ! Le soir d’Halloween.
Le chat noir fait
Miaou, miaou, miaou (3 fois)
Le chat noir fait miaou, miaou, miaou Le soir d’Halloween.
October Newsletter 2015
Junior Preschool and Toddler Groups
September is almost at an end and both groups are beginning to understand our program and transitions. We had a group music circle with Paulette and the older children. Both groups did extremely well, settling in a different room with different children, waiting, listening and singing together. Our fire drill went smoothly with all children holding a partner’s hand and walking swiftly outside when they heard the fire drill bell. Many children answered (here I am and put up their hands) when Paulette called their name for our roister call. We sing a song and show our socks, at circle time, and at that time we encourage the children to respond to their names by putting up their hands and saying, “Here I am”. This is a safety issue, which some children have difficulty with in the beginning. We were thrilled that so many children remembered this answer for our very first fire drill.
New children will be starting in both groups until the groups are full. This is 12 children for the Toddlers and 16 children for the Junior Preschoolers. We now have 6 Toddlers and 9 Juniors registered.
Our programming is changing a bit this year. We are developing our program based on the children’s interests. The observations for our ELECT books are being used to determine what toys and materials we will use in our various areas. We loosely use the seasons to help with our change overs, but we are taking it a step further and using the Emergent Curriculum style which is being taught at Algonquin College in the Early Childhood Education Program. The more we pay attention to the children’s interests, the better we can help them learn through play. Child directed learning as opposed to Teacher directed learning, gives the children the power of self-determination. We want children to be independent and confident individuals. We want them to communicate their wishes and feelings. Communication helps us work in groups with all sorts of personalities and developmental levels. It is our intention to allow children, to learn many skills in a safe and inspiring environment.
Our outdoor program is also an important part of our day. Playing outside in natural surroundings helps children to connect with their environment. Our pinwheels on the fence show when the wind is blowing. Our Compost Box, helps create good earth for our gardens and flowers. Our Halloween pumpkins will become a part of our compost and provide a fun and easy visual for children to learn about decomposing matter. After all the winter snow is gone, they will discover that the pumpkins are also gone, having turned into soil! Many children enjoy wearing “butterfly wings” to “fly” up and down our hill, which becomes a sledding area in the winter. Our paved path provides a great surface for various vehicles and a “track” to run laps in preparation for our fun “Olympics” in the spring. Please ensure that your children come dressed for the weather. Splash pants, boots, hats mittens etc. are appropriate for the weather coming up this fall.
Please read your child’s Elect book that is posted on the Room door. When you read the entry please take the clothes pin off the page and put it on the pocket of the holder, so that we know you have read the observation. Our program planning is on our bulletin board, across from our room. Please note that the writing in green indicates the change of materials in the room that we felt were appropriate, in relation to the children’s changing interests and season. It is a real privilege for us to participate in your child’s early education.